My daughter has recently started sleeping through the night in her underwear instead of a Pull-Up. What made her take the leap? We ran out the the Pull-Ups that featured Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella on the front. Nora deems the ones with Cinderella alone as unwearable. They are stacked on her changing table and will probably be donated to daycare.
A similar situation is approaching with a bottle of vitamins. The gummy vitamins we buy come in red, yellow and orange. Nora reaches in with her little hand and gropes around until she pulls out a red or orange bear. We’ll need to have a little talk when we’re down to only yellow, I’m not going to throw away a third of a bottle of vitamins! One strategy I use is pretending to paint the offending item a more desirable color. This has worked in the past with the plain white toilet. However, I tried it recently with white underwear and was met with a tantrum.
That’s the challenge of parenting, children are fickle and move through stages quickly. A treat of imaginary ice cream may work one day and the next day be considered a grave insult. Parents who are dedicated to non-authoritarian methods must be nimble and quick thinking. Yawn. Which would be much easier if we ever got any sleep.